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Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago

Dressing Up

Are you an avid viewer of Downton Abbey? Whether you're an Anglophile or a dedicated follower of fashion, you'll find something to blog about here. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 26, Reflecting, Sharing, Learning presents, in its continuing Dust Collectors series, Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago in the Appleton Auditorium at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Attend a slide lecture by Ivan Ingermann, Associate Professor of Costume Design from the UGA Department of Theatre & Film Studies on the vintage fashions from the Downton Abbey era – an age of Victorian, Edwardian, and flapper finery. If you are unable to attend in person you may watch the webcast HERE.

Upstairs, in the Heritage Room and in the adjacent Quiet Gallery, see period clothing, primarily from the 1920s, from the collection of Athens costumer and fashion historian Beverly Bourgeois. The exhibition will be on display from February 26–March 24.

On Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm, participate in a live webinar event with Photo Detective Maureen TaylorBuns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing will help you date your old photos by the clothing in them. All these events are free and open to the public, but you must register for the webinar.

Reflecting, Sharing, Learning announces Dust Collectors series, starting Jan. 24 with “Quilts: The Tapestry of Life”

Photo of a quilt of a star pattern.

Quilts are passed down from generation to generation like the treasured keepsakes they are. In the stitching we can see the handiwork of our ancestors, and imagine them sitting by a window working on piecing together something to keep their children and grandchildren warm for a century or more.

Reflecting, Sharing, Learning presents, for the first in its Dust Collectors series, Quilting: The Tapestry of Life. At 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, January 24, quilt archivist and historian Madeline Hawley will host an “Antiques Roadshow”-style event, where the public is invited to bring a favorite quilt from home and learn about its history and value. The event will take place in Multipurpose Room A in the library, and Mary Walker from the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum will give a lecture in the Appleton Auditorium immediately preceding it at 1:30 p.m.

A collection of antique quilts owned by Ms Hawley and other members of the Cotton Patch Quilters may be seen in the Heritage Room Quiet Gallery on the second floor of the library. The exhibition will be available for viewing from January 20–February 20. For more information, visit or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343.

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